Fundamental rights and the interoperability of EU information systems

The Agency's Director explained the fundamental rights implications of interoperable border management and security information systems to the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on 29 May in Brussels.

He was speaking as part of a panel discussion that was presenting the results of the work of the High-level Working Group on Information Systems and Interoperability (HLEG) to the LIBE Committee. The panel was composed of the European Commissioner for Security, the EU anti-terrorist coordinator and the European Data Protection Supervisor.

He underlined that interoperability is not intrinsically a fundamental rights violation but requires adequate safeguards and mechanisms to ensure the rights set out in the EU's Fundamental Rights Charter are upheld without exception for everyone entering and residing in the EU. He underlined that is vital that when designing interoperable information systems that there is full respect for core principles of data protection. In addition, interoperable systems should include an additional focus on child protection and the effective recording of missing children.

He was drawing on the findings a draft paper that FRA will publish early July.